Back to school was only one week ago and already I’m stuck in a sandwich rut. Two lunches to pack every morning doesn’t seem like a big deal, but providing them with a variety of eats that are both healthy and portable makes me want throw my fists full of deli meat in the air and just home school them instead. Definitely a tad dramatic, I know, but I’m sure my kids would agree, sandwich monotony is a real thing, and it’s ugly.
Back when I was a kid it was Wonder bread and PB (or maybe Liverwurst if my Ma thought I wasn’t getting enough iron). Peanut Butter is almost as bad as packing a loaded weapon to school, and while WOW butters et al run a pretty tight game, it’s just not the same as Skippy. One week into this school year and both kids are already asking for the same boring lunch everyday (chicken/tortilla/cheese for one, ham/mayo/bread the other). My kids are great eaters, don’t get me wrong, but when the food is being kicked around a lunch bag and they’re being shoved from one room to the other, the sandwiches sometimes lose out to snacks and come home looking a lot like they left, untouched.
Channeling our blissful summer days, grabbing library books and cold drinks for picnics in the parks, I remembered those sunny days, a little sandwich, a little cookie, a little juice. Aroma runs an impressive kids menu, and any sandwich can be ordered in halves for smaller appetites too. Tuna/Arugula/Red Onion for one, Croissant/Bacon/Turkey for the other. My kids love their menu, and a sweet treat at the end is always a welcome finish. Nourishing young minds is a top priority, and enabling them to make good choices furthers a love of eating right, creating a healthy relationship with food for years to come. I borrowed from their menu and have been boxing up croissant sandwiches with protein and veggie rich toppings for lunches this year, no leftovers in sight.